The healing powers of slippery elm were discovered by the American Indians who used the salve from the inner bark to treat skin problems ranging from chapped lips to burns and wounds. Its principle ingredient is mucilage, a polysaccharide similar to that in flaxseed. Slippery Elm is a demulcent and emollient and can be applied as a poultice to all wounds or ulcers to good effect. Internally it is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers. The primary use of slippery elm is for the GI tract where it can provide nutrition, and a soothing coating over stomach and colon, while easing intestinal ulcers. It is taken either orally or as a bolus (used as a suppository) or added to enemas. It can neutralize stomach acidity and absorb foul gases and it helps in the digestion of dairy products.
Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus fulva),
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Slippery Elm Bark can provide relief for: • Burns/Wounds • Colitis/Colon • Constipation • Digestive Disorders • Lungs • Ulcers